Well, its great to get an email from you guys, BUT just so you know, although i technically CAN print out emails, i have to PAY to print. SO, i just end reading it on the screen, which ends up taking 10 to 15 minutes to read all of your great emails. NOT that that is a problem; so i still like getting emails from all three of you. one thing that a couple elder's moms are doing is using a service called Mission ties or some sort of play on words like that. it works like "dearelder" except that is prints here in brazil and mails. it takes like 1 to 2 days for the letter to arrive. i don’t know, maybe you could check it out... [I found the site he was talking about http://www.missionties.com/. I think we'll register and pay the monthly fee then the whole family can use our account to send mail, if you want. Call me and I'll give you the account information]
speaking of paper letters I still have not recieved a LETTER from alyce. really, i love your emails, but i only get to read them once. So the really cool story that Alyce sent me would be great to show the guys, BUT i only got to read it once, and i might never get to read it again. [She sent him a story called, "The First Epistle of the Elders to the Dead Letter Writers" - it's pretty funny, but too long to print here - you can find it on-line]. SO if you could, the occasional letter in paper format would be nice. thx again mom for the great letter and candy.
so, this last week was pretty much the same as the one before: most of the time (e.i. ALL of the thyme) spent in classes, then the more than occasional meal, and sometimes some nighttime basketball to break it all up. this week is a little more exciting - for instance, this friday we get to go proselytizing! we have been working on our short messages in portuguese for the whole last week. my companion has a lot of trouble speaking the language, and he gets depressed-kind-of sometimes, and sometimes we have different priorities (ex: i wanted to go out for the precious 2 hours we have to go outside on p-day, and he wanted to email and then go in and study. humm...)... so i am still getting used to this whole companion thing, we are working hard to be the best missionaries that we can be and that is what is important.
today, our brazilian missionaries left and we were sad. we became such good friends in the last two weeks. last night elder da silva told us a story that we told him, and it brought us to tears. he told the story like this: once upon a time there was a bear, named fuzzy wuzzy.... well, you know the story he told. it was SOO funny because it took us so long to teach him all of the useless english words so he could tell it. sigh. well, i am sending a few pages of my journal home in a system that i came up with. so in a week or so you should get a fat letter with some more interesting anecdotes. sorry i gotta go, i am out of time. you'll get some letters for you, and letters for grandparents. if you’d just mail those to the correct recipients. like i said, i costs a boat load to mail is separately here, and i get a very small allowance.
ELDER adam helland